Research Professor of Sociology, University of CA Davis
Fred Block is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Davis. His recent work has focused on documenting the substantial role that the U.S. government plays in technology development across the civilian economy. During the last thirty years while policymakers and pundits were singing the praises of "free markets", the reality was that the public sector significantly expanded its efforts to move research breakthroughs from the laboratory to the market. His new book, State of Innovation: The U.S. Government's Role in Technology Development, co-edited with Matthew R. Keller (Paradigm Publishers) contains a series of case studies that document different dimensions of this recently constructed innovation system. His current research centers on the kinds of financial reforms and new institutions required to supports innovation in this new context of public-private collaboration. His earlier books include The Origins of International Economic Disorder (1977), Postindustrial Possibilities (1990), andThe Vampire State (1996).
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Fred Block News & Publications
"The future of economics, new circuits for capital, and re-envisioning the relation of state and market," in Markets on Trial: The Economic Sociology of the U.S. Financial Crisis: Part B (2010)
"Where do innovations come from? Transformations in the US economy, 1970-2006," Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (2009)